The Kernel of US Democratic Rights & Liberties

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No matter your age, gender, ethnicity, or any other differentiating factor, our countries Core Democratic Values bring us together as one and do not discriminate. These values were first expressed through Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence along with multiple other writings throughout his time in office. Over the last centuries since our country was founded, the Core Democratic Values have been passed along and taught to most children in K-7th grade. This helps hold our nation together and give everyone common ideals to share and agree upon. Even though many of us are bound to remember most of them from our childhood classrooms, it’s important to refresh our memory on what it truly is that binds the nation we live in.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

What some may say is the most beautiful and important of all the Core Democratic Values: the right to life. Often times it can be difficult for some to remember that everyone in this country has the equal right to life and nobody’s life is more important than another’s whether they’re a millionaire or homeless. With this also comes the importance of your own life and the freedom to use deadly force to protect your own or another’s life.

The right to liberty and happiness comes hand in hand with our right to life. Every one of us in the United States has the freedom to act as we choose, believe what we want to believe and have economic freedom without limitations. The ability to find happiness in whatever we choose is a given right in our nation but it is all with the obligation to not encroach on the rights of others.

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Traits of a Conscious Person

96877-fullIn order for society as a whole to function smoothly and endure through the difficult times, experienced leaders and conscious citizens are a necessity. Surrounding yourself with positive, self-less, like-minded and happy individuals will result in having a similar mindset yourself.

It can also work in a damaging way if you are consistently around people whom are selfish and negative, their poison will begin to flow through your veins as well. It is the same for our nation; when there are criminals and self-centered individuals with only their best interest in mind, the country itself can begin to crumble. So which one are you and what does it really take to be a conscious person and an ideal citizen of the United States of America?

Resilience

To have a great nation, the citizens within must also be great and that surely requires a great amount of inner strength. For anyone wishing to make any sort of significant change in our world, resilience is necessary for many reasons. Once you begin to become recognized as the voice of a movement for change, the more radicals and haters will begin to come into the spotlight as well. It takes a special level of character and strength to be able to handle the negativity that comes with power and react accordingly.

This goes hand in hand with having a certain level of resilience. You must be able to stand your ground in difficult situations and never stray from your beliefs. There will be many people in life that will try and knock you down and stray you from the path you desire to travel. Stick to your guns and hold true to what you’re passionate about and what you love doing.

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US Problems That Needs Our Attention

AR-140619502Many people living in problems the United States would happily and effortlessly agree that we are thriving in the most prosperous country in the world. Few would disagree with this statement but even though our country as a whole is flourishing, there are still many issues within that need to be brought into the spotlight and addressed. When everything in life seems blissful, it can be easy to forget there are underlying problems and struggles within our nation. Some of the top problems the United States is facing right now include our economy, education, environment, immigration and health care. As a nation, we must stay educated on these topics and look for ways to improve the current concerns.

Economy

In a century where millions of jobs are constantly being outsourced to other countries, job security and unemployment are always in the back of everyone’s minds. We know it is cheaper to manufacture a product in China so that is what many larger companies are choosing to do. In the past five years though, bringing jobs back to America has been a large goal of the White House.

Since the U.S. auto industry nearly collapsed, over 500,000 new manufacturing jobs have been created which has greatly helped boost the economy. Further though, since February 2010 over 750,000 jobs have been created with American manufacturers. This has helped to reach Obamas goal of producing billions of dollars in “Made in America” products to be exported around the world.

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A Lack of Arts in Education

Things in the United States are not the same today as they were 50 years ago. But you could say that for just about any other country or corner of the world and you’d probably still be right. Things have changed with the times – technology has improved so much over the last several decades, and now the entire world is connected in a kind of global economy that is constantly moving. Opportunities have arisen because of these things, and people have also gone bankrupt or bust for the same reasons. There are good and bad things to be said, but today we want to focus on a bad one.

It seems funny that with access to information being so much more widespread that the quality of education in the United States should actually be on a steady decline over the last several years. Even legislation which was meant to improve standards and bring up numbers, like the No Child Left Behind Act, have done little to curb a closing of schools which has touched practically every state in the union. That’s not to say that dumbing down standards and making things easier for students by teaching to a test was ever a good idea in the first place; there’s a lot of bad to say about NCLB.

But that’s not the focus here. The education which our children are getting, which is of a comparably lower quality than the one many of us received while growing up, should be something that turns every parent’s head and gets them talking. One reason students are suffering so much is a decided lack of the Arts in most public education programs. Cutting costs and meeting budget demands have been the end of many music, art and physical fitness programs in school across the nation. With no outlet like a brass trumpet to help the learning mind unwind, information isn’t retained as well as it could be.

We mentioned physical fitness because that’s missing in a lot of schools these days as well. It’s another reason cited by some for the sharp increase in obesity rates in young people across the United States. It’s not just a lack of arts, but a lack of physical health which is lowering the quality of education for our children – they just aren’t being kept in a prime state for taking up information and learning new things. It’s not like picking up an instrument is some panacea, but it couldn’t hurt to look here for more information about that.

Of course, there are all kinds of other potential reasons for the decline in the quality of education our children are receiving in this country. Increased class sizes, lowered hiring requirements for school staff, a lack of background checks for teachers (or checks which look deeply enough), and even things like a general lack of funds can all have a negative impact on the education a child receives. Though many of these things are out of the control of most parents, it’s important to help where you can.

US parents’ responsibilities in response to national challenges

US parents responsibilities in response to national challenges

In one of our latest and very important posts, particularly for this time of the year, we spoke in-depth about the main problems facing our nation and alluded to things that are being done about these challenges and how our leaders, across the board, and in particular, our president, have responded to, or is responding to them.

But one argument not given loudly enough these days, is how we as responsible US parents respond to the daily challenges that typical American families and their neighbors must face. I’d like to begin with the clearest impression of what it means to be leading by example. It begins with a remarkable family, fondly referred to as the first family of the United States of America.

The model American family

We cannot remember when last we saw such an exemplary family occupy the White House, from the serving husband to his duty-bound wife and to their two fine, growing daughters who as typical American kids, are also a good example for others to follow. Not since January 2009 when the Obama family first moved into the White House, has there been a whisper alluding to any hint of scandal or deviant behavior.

By way of leading by example as a responsible parent and US citizen, particularly on the busy road networks, we should all be using a good motorcycle helmet, with safety its main feature, if we are keen bikers or practical users of energy-efficient motor scooters.

Anyway, the father of this model family did not need to do much to encourage his children to put all of their heart and soul into their education. Through his own hard work and dedication, since his halcyon years as a typical Hawaiian, Barack Obama literally worked his hard way through college, bypassed the political status quo and manipulated social media networks responsibly to finally receive the keys of the hallowed Oval Office.

Following in their footsteps

Children, particularly the small ones, by dint of their human nature, always love to follow the ways of their parents, and if their parents are living their lives in an exemplary fashion, then all is good in the world. Responsible parents who are regular motorcycle enthusiasts, for instance, may be cautiously preparing their kids to follow in their footsteps and will, in certain instances, have visited http://www.motorcyclistlife.com/best-kids-motorcycle-helmet/ and similar information sites for sourcing safety-oriented accoutrements for children’s road use.

Sometimes in life, it is also possible that children will not only follow in their proud parents’ footsteps, they will go on to exceed them and achieve great and remarkable things on behalf of their country and the people they’ve been elected to serve and protect.

Right next door to us, it may be extremely cold for most parts of the year, but the nature of Canadians has always been warm-hearted. And merely months into his first term as Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau is already leading and serving his nation by example.

What’s your state of the nation looking like these days?

If you have been following our posts consistently since at least last year then you will have noticed that at least ninety percent of what we’ve been publishing is informative, factually accurate, unbiased and essentially of an ideological nature. Now, this last characteristic let it be said does not necessarily mean that we are propagating a particular point of view that we are insisting that our readers adhere to.

If you have been following our posts consistently since at least last year, then you will have noticed that most of what we have written fully conforms with our nation’s Constitution, the living document that our founding fathers drew up to ensure that every US citizen and their visitors and those that are in their custody are properly cared for, respected and served, no matter what their religion, race, creed, culture and social and economic class.

The importance of voting

In this post we’d like to draw your attention to the importance of this pivotal year of 2016. As per our heritage and democratic traditions which are fully compliant with the Constitution, some of us will be going to the polls much later in the year (per our heritage, tradition and in obedience to our Constitution) to cast our votes for a new Council, Congress, Senate and, most importantly, new President and Vice-president.

At this stage of your reading, did you notice that we wrote ‘some’ and not ‘most’? As early as now, with primaries just around the corner, we are disheartened by what we’ve just said, but, sadly, this is likely to remain true come the middle of November 2016.

A good LED light bar, properly affixed to the front or on the roof of any American’s custom truck symbolizes the responsibility that regular drivers practice during their everyday activities, particularly at night.

The importance of being a responsible citizen

Added to this example of good and responsible driving which mirrors the way all Americans should be living anyhow, is the duty and responsibility of going to the polls. Unfortunately, there are still far too many eligible voters who are still not living up to one of the most important responsibilities of being an American citizen.

The last two elections were two remarkable exceptions mainly to do with the historic symbolism that all Presidential candidates brought with them. Frankly speaking, and this is a bipartisan and neutral analysis, the outcomes were positive, mainly because responsible voters, in the majority, voted with their intellect and did not make last-minute emotional crosses, based purely on what their hearts were telling them. In these events, voters put their country first.

There are those who are highly critical of the President’s last State of the Union speech. But do these same critics have their own plan of action to substantiate their unqualified responses? Try to answer this important question and leave a comment with us.

Even if you are non-combative you can still serve and protect

You should remember this the next time you see a middle-aged or elderly homeless vagrant on your sidewalk. Perhaps you are too young to remember those historic days during the nineteen sixties and early nineteen seventies, but today your history books serve you with more than enough information detailing why this poor man went to war in the first place. That he was conscripted at the time does not matter at this stage because this homeless man believed that he was heading into the unknown to serve and protect you and your country against an ideology that to this day, you believe is not good for you and your fellow-Americans.

Things, places and towns are named after legends

Now, this elderly gentleman may have willingly lost a limb or, worse, lost his mind, in sacrificing his body and soul on your behalf. He may well have been a typical All American in his prime before he left your shores. The next time you see a middle-aged homeless veteran on your sidewalk, remember that any number of things such as a good Bubba grappling dummy has been named after this legendary servant of your country.

Bubba is characteristic of the rugged and brave American man who is also genial and soft-hearted when you treat him with the respect that he deserves. Forget about the comical characterizations because those belong to the fantasy world of Hollywood which often portrays visual and sometimes offensive interpretations on how not to live your life as a patriotic and serving American all in their name of self-determination and the right to do as they please.

Remember this, though, even if you do not believe in using force, you can still serve and protect your fellow-American.

Do not ignore your war heroes

The next time you see Bubba on your sidewalk, remember this and offer to help and uplift him, thank him for what he gave up for you, instead of squirming and ignoring him and walking on only to let your conscience remind you of who you may have left behind.

http://www.grapplingdummyinsider.com/mmajiu-jitsu-dummy-review/ explains just one of the many options you have at your finger tips to patiently and painlessly administer the art of self-defense, not just for yourself, but for those more vulnerable than you might be feeling right now. In this case, they are talking mainly about self-defense techniques inherited from the austere martial arts disciplines. The emphasis is always on self-protection and the protection of others, as opposed to willfully attacking another fellow-citizen or visitor with the intention to willfully do harm as a result of unwarranted prejudice or the grievous and punishable offence to commit a crime.

You simply do not need to be as combative as your war hero once was in order to serve and protect your country and its people. In fact, the economy might be picking up for now, but there are still far too many citizens out on the sidewalks. Go on, give them a helping hand.

Health and the food we eat

Modern day society typically symbolizes a type of food culture that glorifies the vegetables and fruits laden with pesticides, and soft drinks that brim with refined sugar, artificially enhanced tastes and colour.

When you look at this pattern closely, you will find that all these food trends are in a way devised to help grow the health industry, which has grown in giant leaps and bounds. So, what is the answer to this rut we find ourselves in.

Turning to local and fresh food produce is the best way to attain health and sustain it. While the organic food movement is growing, it has a very tough uphill task, even if it is just the right way for a healthier environment and healthier food for people.

Fresh foods

One point in which health practitioners are unanimously voting for is that fresh food provides the best nutrition. Seasonal foods grown locally contain the best of nutrients, vitamins and other healthy constituents, when compared to importing foods from other regions, which makes them lose their vitamins and other nutritional substances by the time they reach you home.

Take the burger patties for instance. They are available read to cook, but do not contain the same level of nutrition as in the meat you grind at home with a special meat grinder and make it from scratch.

Tomatoes are usually selected, when they are hard and green, so they can withstand the rigors of mechanical harvesting, transport and ripening under artificial environment resulting in a tomato that is less in flavour and nutrition than what is grown in your local farm or in your yard and consumed on the same day.

Perfect Vs Healthy

plant-690051_960_720The foods you see in global markets are grown with more attention to their visual perfection than the nutritional content they have. Moreover the long decades of advertising, senseless regulations and business shift of agriculture has led to people expecting fruits, vegetables and meat to be of a specific shape, colour or size.

They expect to see fruits and vegetables, which are large and without any blemishes. But the true fact is food that are grown naturally tend to have marks left behind by insects and do not look perfect in size, colour or shape, but score in the taste and nutrition level easily. The same can be said about eating less of the processed food items.

While we do get most of the meals in heat and eat packages, these are loaded with preservatives and chemicals that help them keep fresh for longer periods on the supermarket shelves. Although these foods may be tempting to look at and eat too, in the end, they are very bad for health. Whether it is a sausage, meatballs or any other ground meat recipe you are preparing, it is best to use a good meat grinder like the one at MeatGrinderAdviser.com, so you will enjoy tasty and nutritious meal always. The grinder is easy to use and clean, making the process simpler and less time consuming.

We can avoid most of the high salt and high sugar content in our foods, when we say no to processed foods. The processing destroys all the nutrients in the food and also the colour and taste of the food, which is compensated by addition of artificial colourings and flavourings. Every citizen should make the choice of right foods for a better and healthier future.

Relax for better quality of life

Relax for better quality of lifeHappiness is measured not by your bank balance, but on how much relaxed and satisfied you are with our life. A happy person has good relationships at work and home and this state of mind paves the way for better productivity and happiness all around. All this can be achieved when you know how to relax your mind.

Although there are various different methods present that help to relieve stress one significant technique that is perfect for any individual is taking up a new activity or hobby. Here are some excellent instances of pastimes and activities that are sure to keep you content and calm.

Journal

Maintaining a journal is one of the best stress relievers. This is a cathartic hobby, which lets you be free of the worries and conflicting thoughts, by writing them down. Writing helps reduce the stress levels at the end of a hard day at work. Writing thoughtful short stories or poems also helps, if you have creative talents. One of our members has an aquarium, which he says is a good stress reliever. The time he spends looking at the fish and maintaining the tank keeps him pleasantly occupied. He says that maintenance is not as difficult as some would assume, as he has a superior quality canister filter, click here, to keep the aquarium clean.

Gardening

This is a truly surprising, but beneficial hobby. When you spend time in the garden tending to plants you can find that it calms your turbulent thoughts and improves your mood. You need not have a big garden. Even a tiny space such as a terrace is sufficient. You can plan to grow some herbs or beautiful seasonal flowers.

Musical instrument

Music rejuvenates your spirit and helps you find relaxation and pleasure. Many think that learning a new musical instrument is an expensive hobby. You can always buy used musical instruments at low prices and learn the instrument via free online courses. In fact, it is not necessary to become a pro at playing an instrument. You just need to find relaxation and contentment from playing it. This also applies to other hobbies.

For instance, although keeping fish as pet is easier than other pets like a dog or cat, it still needs some attention. But with the immense information available you can easily do it. As the member we talked about earlier said, it is not a difficult hobby to maintain, provided you know the necessary things to keep the fish healthy and happy and one of them being a good quality tank filter.

Meditation

When you learn the art of meditation, you can be more self-aware and the best part about meditation is you can do it anytime and anywhere. It relaxes mind and body. Learning it is easy, as you can use guided meditation recordings available in stores and online.

Exercise

With exercise as a hobby, you can get many benefits including reduced body weight, relaxation, stronger muscles and bones, and a more active countenance. Exercise can include being part of team sports like football or just a run in your neighbourhood park, while you listen to your favourite tunes. Physical exertion releases endorphins, which elevates mood and produces relaxation.

Towards building a better society

Towards building a better societyOne of the worst evils that society is facing today is the bad lifestyle people lead. Endless partying, continuous inactivity, and unrestricted eating habits have led to a host of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension and many others.  What people don’t understand is that good habits in their diet and physical activity can pave the way for a life free of sickness both mentally and physically. With a healthy mind and body, you can work better and be productive helping your family and society, improving them immensely.

Here are five tips to help you achieve this:

Active lifestyle

Regular and consistent physical activity is vital for proper development, growth and health. Make sure you get a minimum of one hour of activity daily. This should include some vigorous activities which make you sweat and breathless. Activities that help in stronger bones and muscles should be taken up for a minimum of 3 days in a week. Parents need to be positive role models for their kids and motivate them into being active.

Water always

When you are thirsty, be sure to choose water always instead of the fruit juices, sweetened drinks and soft drinks. These are high in added sugar and should be avoided at all costs. Milk with less amount of fat is the best for kids over two years of age as the main reason for taking milk is to increase calcium intake and not the fat content in your body.

Too much fat content can lead to increased acne and other skin conditions in kids in addition to systemic problems. Having a healthy and balanced diet is necessary to avoid such conditions. There are advanced skin care systems , which also help in keeping your skin looking smooth and free of blemishes. Kids should be encouraged to eat fruits instead of juices, which contain plenty of unhealthy sugar in them.

Load up on veggies and fruits

Best growth and development comes from eating vegetables and fruits every day. Children can have improved vitality and reduced risk of chronic diseases, when they are given a minimum of five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruits daily.

Making sure fresh fruit is available always will ensure you have a convenient snack at hand instead of the high salt and high fat content snacks that children usually prefer. This also helps in keeping the skin looking healthy and good. In case of blemishes in skin due to acne or other reasons, using devices such as the microdermabrasion device at CamilasBeauty helps a great deal.

The best way to combat an unhealthy lifestyle is to stay away from surfing online, watching TV, playing video games and other such sedentary activities.  Kids should be restricted to less than two hours per day of screen time and encouraged to take up outdoor activities.  Fewer unhealthy snacks and more focus on nutritional foods paves for better health in children and adults and a healthier society.

Social skills for a harmonious society

Social skills for a harmonious societyThe amount of unrest, violent acts, and terrorist attacks we face today stem from the fact that we lack the proper social skills. Yes, lack of social skills can wreak havoc with your life and that of those around you. For a better society, now and in future, it is necessary to instil the value of developing social skills in people. Throughout history, improving social skills has been part of many cultures and has given enormous benefits to people down the years. Here are some tips that are time tested and proven to be of immense help.

 Listen

As Epictetus, one of the popular Stoic philosophers opines, ‘Nature gave us one tongue and two ears, so we could hear twice as much as we speak’, it pays to listen before you speak out what is in your mind. Whether you are in a party socializing or at work, it helps to listen to what others are saying.

For instance, in barbecue parties, which are considered as the most informal, you are supposed to let down your reserve and have a great time. The meat grilled to perfection in the right barbecue smoker, beer and fun filled atmosphere is meant to relax you.

Making an effort to socialize will help in building a good network of friends. Instead of talking about yourself let other talk and share your thoughts after they finish.  Forgetting your thoughts on what the other person is talking about and concentrating on the person is the right way to listen and encourage a proper conversation.

Take interest in others

It is actually easy to strike a friendship in shorter time span by showing interest on other people than getting them to be interested about you. You need to behave as a true friend to become one. When you show interest in a person and really attend to their queries, it is easier to know about their likes and dislikes and communication is easier this way and less likely to be messed up.

At the outset, a person may seem to be boring or dull, but as you talk to the person and really show interest in what they are saying, you will find that they are quite interesting. The members in our Journal site often hold informal events such as barbecues to get to know each other better.

While formal parties and charity events are, also good places to polish your social skills, the formal nature can be a bit restricting. But a barbecue is a good way to have fun and at the same time improve your connections with society. We recently had a great time at a barbecue arranged by one of our members. He had a splendid smoker, which he had bought at BACKYARDBBQGURU. The burgers were juicy and grilled perfectly and we had a wonderful time taking turns at the grill and putting in our advice on the marinade and grilling technique. Breaking the ice is easier with such conversations than talking shop or any other serious topic.

Take criticism with a pinch of salt

Last but not the least, when you are being criticized, listen to it and if you feel it have some relevance, you can try bringing about changes in you. But most often criticism is about the person who does it. A person criticizing you may be focused on something happening in their life, while criticizing you, and you are on the other hand are focused on yourself, and believe that it is related to you.

When your realize that you are not the centre of the world and don’t need any validation or attention from others, it can be very liberating as whatever you had been afraid of doing fearing about what others may feel will become a minor obstacle now.

Hunting Tips During Winter in Canada

Winter does not necessarily mean you should forget about hunting. If you are a hunting enthusiast, you can very well enjoy plenty of hunting for many weeks from January up until March. While cougars are the hot catch in winter, the top favorite among hunters is using hounds to tree big cats.

In Canada, the hunting season is well underway all through the winter in British Columbia, while in Alberta, you can enjoy hunting until February. In the US, the winter hunting season involves going after mountain lions, coyote, whitetail rabbits, and mink, in Canada, you can find a different type of hunting game. Here are a few interesting ones

Wild cats

Next to cougars, bobcat or lynx hunting is very popular. These cats albeit being small are nevertheless considered a good hunt. Treeing a big cat is a physically exhausting hunt that only skilled hunters try at. The hunt is quite exciting, if you have the stamina to move through the rugged snow covered regions.

While hunting it is best to have proper equipment with you including top quality tactical knives.  And hunting lynx and bobcat is allowed until middle part of February in British Columbia, while lynx hunting is not allowed in Alberta. For hunting bobcats in New Brunswick, you need to have a special bobcat hunting permit, trapping licenses as well as permit for hound hunting.

Wolves, fox, and coyotes

Unlike bobcat hunting, coyote hunting does not have many stringent regulations. You can find the coyotes abundantly here, enabling sight hunting and calling. Wolves however need effort, time and sharp predator hunting skills, but if you are skilled you can have an exceptional season in regions towards west of Quebec.

Fox hunting is allowed in Quebec, Alberta, Nunavut and in the Northwest Territories too. Having a folding knife similar to those at http://www.edgehunting.com/ comes in handy during tough situations, while you are on your hunting trail.

Snowshoe hare hunting season is however, a longer one as their population is quite large and you can find the daily limit range from a few to none at all. But it is always safe to know about the hunting regulations of the region as for instance the whitetail rabbits are a protected species in Okanagan region in British Columbia, while the Lower Mainland makes them a fair hunting game.

And the Prairie provinces do not have closed season on jackrabbits or cottontails. And Arctic hare season is an open one all through winter. No limits are placed on arctic hare hunting in the highly remote regions they are present in.

As for bird hunting, most of the regions are shut down for upland hunting but in the Northern provinces, you have ptarmigan season. In Alberta, the season ends by middle of January, while in Quebec it is on until April end. The quotas too are lenient. In Southern Ontario, you get pheasant seasons especially in Pelee Island region. For those who reside in the Pacific or Atlantic coast ducts and Canadian Geese can be found up to end of February. White geese such as Ross and Snows are also options you can try out in these regions.

Being Geared Up For Winter

snow-69830_960_720As winter progresses, the danger from the weather varies in intensity in different regions of the country. But the fact is all Americans irrespective of the place they reside in have to deal with some or other type of intense winter weather during their lives.

And winter storms are the worst you can expect at the peak of winter. While some storms are not too strong with only moderate snow for a couple of hours, some can be quite furious with blinding blizzards that can last up to several days.

Moreover, you face very low temperatures, strong winds, sleet, freezing rain, and icing along with the storms. If you have a swimming pool, you will not be able to use it during heavy cold weather. But in moderate cold weather using top quality pool heaters such as those at http://poolheaterworld.com/ will help you use the pool through winter.

Another key concern during winter storms is the complete shutdown of communication, power, and heat services to residences and offices, which can prolong for many days. In fact, an entire region can freeze to a standstill under heavy snowfall.

Most of the deaths during winter are however not directly related to the storms and occur due to traffic accidents and because of hypothermia caused by prolonged cold exposure. Here are some tips to prepare for the winter this year.

Protecting your home

blizzard-91906_960_720You can protect your home from the winter hazards and reduce fuel consumption by using proper insulation in your walls and in the attics. The windows and doors should be caulked, weather tripped, and plastic covering should be done on windows.

Repair any leaks in the roofs, and clear the gutters and especially cut tree branches that can fall on the house or any other structure, if a storm strikes.

If you have a pool, ensure it is covered properly during the freezing temperatures. If the climate is not up to freezing levels, you can have a heating system like the system at Pool Heater World to use the swimming pool even in the cold winter months.

It is also necessary to provide adequate shelter for livestock and equipment from inclement weather. All heating equipment should be maintained and inspected thoroughly every year. Pipes should be properly insulated to avoid the water from freezing.

Emergency kit

It is important to have the following things in your winter emergency supplies:

To clear walkways have rock salt or other products, which do not harm the environment.

Use sand for increased traction

Have proper equipment for snow removal such as snow shovels

Keep your heating fuel well stocked. Since it is possible to become quite isolated when the power is cutoff, having seasonal wood in plenty will help a great deal.

Blankets and clothing should be kept to retain warmth

It is best to have a communication plan for the family, since disaster arrives unexpectedly, you will need to know how to contact other members and the way to get together and deal with possible emergencies.

Nowadays you have mobile apps that issue warnings and alerts on weather hazards and provide needy information on shelters, how to provide first aid etc.